NEWPORT — The northbound lanes of Interstate 95 were closed Wednesday following three separate crashes caused by black ice near the Palmyra/Newport exit, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Shortly after 8 a.m. a driver lost control on the ice and struck a guardrail before skidding back toward the median, department spokeswoman Shannon Moss said in an email. That vehicle came to a stop in the travel and passing lanes.

Another car later hit ice in the same area, crashing into a barrier on the median side of the road and blocking the passing lane.

A third vehicle came along shortly after the second was towed, hit ice and slid off the road. There was no damage to that vehicle and it was able to be driven away, Moss said.

No injuries were reported and traffic was diverted when the lanes were closed briefly.

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